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"Funny" named SAP-Products

So who does the naming at SAP?

I'm not poking against constant re-naming here, but about funny names in general. Like:

- the newest Cloud-Product "2005".

- And remember SAP Hybris?! "Hybris" in German is what "Hubris" is in English, according to wikipedia: "a personality quality of extreme or foolish pride or dangerous overconfidence,[1] often in combination with (or synonymous with) arrogance "

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  • May 30, 2020 at 03:33 PM

    Personally I still find "Ar(r)iba" to be quite a funny Product name and always reminds me of Speedy Gonzales ...

    ... But Ariba was an acquisition, right? So they just kept the name ...

    And SAP "JAM", where Jam means something like 'Jelly' (some kind of Marmelade) in Dutch ...

    ariba.jpg (52.8 kB)
  • May 30, 2020 at 09:00 PM

    My favorite exception class is CL_AXT... ;)

  • Jun 04, 2020 at 04:43 AM

    Russian SAP forum has been making fun of SAP HANA for a long time already because in Russian, "hana" (translit) = "хана" (Cyrillic), pronounced as "kha-NAH", means "kaput" (kaputt in German).

    And those who don't believe in SAP HANA go to SAP HEC, I guess. :)

    • Jun 10, 2020 at 04:33 PM

      Where I grew up, "Hana" was a slang form of nonsense word kind of like "blah".

      "...and he went on and on about the significance of the price of eggs in the global economy hana hana hana and all that jazz"

      I still constantly hear blah when someone says Hana.

    • Sep 03, 2020 at 08:48 AM

      I know a Serbian lady named Hana.

  • Jun 04, 2020 at 04:48 AM

    Not exactly funny name but there is also The Great Mystery of SAP Tahiti. :)

  • Jun 04, 2020 at 09:47 AM

    It's funny to see the cloud 2005 banner:

    Beautiful sunshine hardly any clouds :)

    What does it mean? You don't need cloud? :)

    • Jun 04, 2020 at 10:30 AM

      "there is no cloud!" (just other peoples computers) ;-)

      • Jun 04, 2020 at 11:14 AM

        True :)

        I have a huge temptation to get such a t-shirt and go to a cloud related conference wearing it :)

        • Jun 04, 2020 at 03:57 PM

          I think you could have a t-shirt vending business with this outside almost any techie conference! LOL


        • Sep 03, 2020 at 11:57 AM

          I'd like one of those T-shirts.

  • Jun 06, 2020 at 12:42 PM

    How about the SAP "RAP" (RESTFull ABAP Programming Model) ...

    ... and there is an actual "SAP endorsed" Rap-tune, haha :

    YouTube link

  • Jun 10, 2020 at 09:01 PM

    Another one : I just recently found the SAP "LaMa" (Landscape Management) :

    lama.jpg (9.7 kB)
    • Jun 11, 2020 at 03:32 PM

      SAP has an official (?) logo with a lama. I just have one blurred foto of a presentation.

      • Sep 06, 2020 at 08:22 AM

        Here is a photo of the cute LaMa .. in action on a shirt in a hands-on session in LasVegas.

        The product name started with ACC ("Adaptive Computing Controller"), which was describing the core functionality very well. (Handling SAP-Systems like Services/"Container-like" running on a layer on to of ressources (Server/VMs))

        It was renamed to LVM ("Landscape Virtualisation Management"), probably because "Virtual" was the hype term at this time. No reason to change the name for change of functionality .. it was just another release.

        Another renaming occured and it is now named "LaMa" ("SAP Landscape Management").

        Looking back .. there was a renaming with every release: 1.x -> 2.x -> 3.x

        I am now used to it ... but for sure it is another example on how to confuse the customer base.
        (which is very much focused on technical features and license costs .. not too much worried about the naming confusion)


    • Jun 19, 2020 at 12:51 PM

      LaMa is also also used in SAP products for the 40 character material number that was introduced with industrial solution DIMP and later became standard in S/4. If you search for DIMP LAMA you can find some info. LAMA in this case is, I guess, the abbreviation for the German "lange Materialnummer" (=long material number).

  • Jun 11, 2020 at 03:31 PM

    well, it's not really a product, but... :D

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  • Jun 20, 2020 at 08:48 AM

    I like how they changed the versioning to a year-month convention. Instead of having something like Hybris 6.7, we now have Hybris 1905. It lets you know quickly how old your application is. Haha.

    Of course, also worth noting that Hybris was previously called Jakarta. which is where Jakarta Logic or JALO comes from.

  • Jun 21, 2020 at 03:04 PM

    i like the way this article/writeup ends:

    "without a 'Ph.D. in SAP nomenclature,' could a client or prospect understand the difference between SAP industry cloud, S/4HANA Cloud, Cloud Platform or HANA Enterprise Cloud?"



  • Jun 22, 2020 at 02:15 PM

    Hello Joachim,

    what do you think sound newer/better? 2005 or 2020?

    these names probably developed by people they never saw the daylight (no offense, my own opinion).

    most probably another Product will be called 2009 instead of 2020, but let's see how creative this story will continue.

    see this example with SEM 7.48 on NetWeaver 7.50 was accidentally done by a typo in the PPMS and never fixed ;-)

    probably I already screwed anyway ... ;-)

    best regards Roland

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  • Jun 23, 2020 at 07:26 AM

    The other day in my company...

    A to B on the way to the porcelain exhibition: 'Hi, where are you going that early in the morning?'

    B: 'To an Output Management Workshop.'

    A: 'What's that? Sounds exactly where I'm going to, right now.'

  • Jul 10, 2020 at 01:04 PM

    I'll add one more. Kati was asking the question - what is sapphire an acrynm for? So maybe it was a good idea to change it to Sapphire Now.

    Here's what I found:

    "short for SAP’s Perennial Highly Integrated R/2-R/3 Exchange"

  • Sep 02, 2020 at 01:41 PM

    Just noticed during checking the eclipse download packages, that there is a package called "Eclipse IDE for RCP and RAP Developers".

    For a second I was happy and thought, cool there is special package for ABAP RAP developers.

    Of course, it's something totally different (Remote Application Platform) and nothing to do with RESTful Application Programming Model :(

    Yet another confusing name :(

  • Sep 03, 2020 at 08:52 AM

    With a little artistic license the original meaning of ABAP: Allgemeiner Berichts-Aufbereitungs-Prozessor can be rendered in English as Common Report Arranging Processor.

    But I shall continue to think of a small bread roll (a bap).

    • Nov 16, 2020 at 09:53 AM

      oh nice, only on my second visit I noticed that "Common Report Arranging Processor" would be shortened to: crap.

      yes, that's funny! :-)

  • Sep 21, 2020 at 05:42 PM

    I wonder that TREX hasn't been mentioned yet... :D

    • Nov 19, 2020 at 03:55 PM

      Funny, I never associated that with the band, but rather with the dinosaur-like state of technology. I still marvel at the bizarre search results I see regularly.

  • Nov 13, 2020 at 03:49 PM

    SAP means that the long, dried stems of certain plants, such as wheat, often given to animals in my native language which is Turkish, pronunced like "SUP". Also you can use SAP for a guy who doesn't have girlfriend in slang language, if you say she has "SAP" in slang language that means she has boyfriend. Also you can ask someone who is your close friend "are you an SAP" that means don't you have somebody in your life. But these slang are rude which i recommend you don't use them (: I think everyone easily understand from context that we make a lot of bad jokes while we are asking each other "are you an SAP consultant"?

    Batman is an city in my country (:

    • Nov 16, 2020 at 08:23 PM

      Similar here in US. A person described as a sap is considered foolish or gullible. A person who is viewed as a sap will usually not have a girlfriend. It's gender specific too. You would rarely say a woman is a sap. For a woman it would be simply that she's gullible, (easily fooled or tricked). Gullible though is an adjective and can be used to describe either gender. A sap is always a guy. Being called a sap or considered gullible would both be considered derogatory. Neither would be a desirable thing to be called.


  • Nov 20, 2020 at 12:47 AM

    did anyone mention the transaction



    say, lady Sara is running Sara to do some archiving...

  • Dec 01, 2020 at 07:43 AM

    It seems after your comment they were afraid to name the ABAP Platform as 2011 ... Now it's called ABAP Platform 2020, which makes naming very consistent. NOT.

  • Dec 18, 2020 at 09:49 AM

    Trying to hold myself back about who is coming up with the names...

    But how about the LIME? At SAP not something you use for making drinks, but the Logistics Inventory Management Engine (part of SCM).



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